Workshop Reports

Northwest Boreal Workshop Report Archive

2013

  • Building a Landscape Conservation Foundation for the Northwest Boreal Partnership – Workshop

2012

  • NWB LCC Management Framing Workshop — Oct. 30-Nov. 1, 2012

The NWB LCC is working with its partners to determine commonalities in what science and management information is needed, at what scale, and in what format, to inform but not direct local and landscape management and planning across the region. This Framing Workshop is the first of several workshops and meetings to identify shared information needs that will serve as the foundation of a science planning process. The workshop participants will begin defining science and management information end users’ needs that will help establish a decision context for future LCC activities. Examples of information end users include decision makers, policy makers, scientific researchers, and individuals from: government agencies, non-governmental organizations, Tribes and First Nations, local governments, universities, and the private sector.

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  • Stream and Lake Monitoring Workshop — Nov. 5-6, 2012

Which streams may become too hot for salmon or whitefish spawning?  Can we expect salmon to move north into streams where whitefish or sheefish now dominate?  Will there be competition between the species?  Which streams and habitats will remain colder and perhaps become refugia for the fish species currently present?

These are basic questions concerning landscape scale impacts of climate change on freshwater fisheries, yet we cannot answer them in Alaska with current information.  For this reason the Western Alaska and Northwest Boreal Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs) and the Alaska Climate Science Center teamed with the Wildlife Management Institute to host a Stream and Lake Temperature Monitoring Workshop. The workshop brought together 28 hydrologists, researchers, fisheries biologists, local experts and managers to discuss the actions necessary to expand water temperature collection efforts to the point where they provide adequate data for developing regional-scale predictive models of changes in water temperature.  Such models provide a critical method of advancing our understanding how changes in temperature may affect fisheries habitat over the next century.

Workshop presentations and discussions addressed:

  • the need for and benefits of ‘regional’ analyses,
  • identification of pressing needs that could be addressed with existing data collection efforts,
  • and identification of barriers and strategic recommendations regarding field measurement standards, spatial distribution of monitoring sites, and data management and sharing from the perspective of conducting regional analyses.

The workshop ultimately produced a sequence of priority recommendations for advancing toward regional monitoring and analyses.

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